Council continues investment in council homes with new doors programme
Published 17th March 2021
Thousands of council tenants are set to benefit from new composite doors in their council homes as a £20 million improvement programme gets underway next month.
The two-year scheme will see around 25,000 front and rear doors fitted to 20,000 council homes - where needed - providing better insulation and improved security in properties.
All doors fitted will be Secured by Design accredited – a Police Preferred Specification – and a nationally recognised standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime.
Contracts awarded will see Lovell Partnerships Limited working on homes in the north of the borough – Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich – and Nationwide Windows Limited working in the south of the borough – Oldbury, Rowley Regis and Smethwick.
The companies will offer a number of jobs and apprenticeships for local residents as well as opportunities for work experience placements and school and community activities as part of the scheme.
Councillor Keith Allcock, Sandwell’s cabinet member for homes, said: “This latest phase of investment in our council homes will see thousands of tenants benefitting from the replacement of front and rear doors with the Secured By Design composite doors providing better insulation and improved security.
Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell’s deputy council leader, added: “This scheme is part of the council’s £485 million ten-year Housing Investment Programme which focuses on improving the council’s existing council housing stock as well as building new council homes.”
Completion of the contract in 2023 will mean that all of the council’s 28,000 homes will have received new composite doors – where needed – in recent years.